Seeking Permanent Simchah
Thanks to the wealth which Hashem has showered upon us in
recent generations, many of us enjoy temporary succahs
that are nicer and more comfortable than the permanent
housing of generations past. This is altogether appropriate.
The charge to leave our permanent dwellings for temporary
accommodations on Succos is not to make us suffer in
primitive conditions, but to learn from the experience.
The Last Minute
To paraphrase part of the Foreword by Emile Marmorstein,
the following is an account of a spiritual adventure through
which our faith can derive strength and our resolve to draw
nearer to our Creator through the meticulous performance of
His orders can be strengthened. The Hashgochoh and
simple human heroism are inspiring.
by Rabbi M. D. Weinstock
He Did Not Recognize His Brothers
Three Major Difficulties
by HaRav Chaim Pass
The Meshech Chochmoh (on Shemos 13:13,
beginning vechol), asks a powerful question. The
seforim explain that the sum that has to be paid for
pidyon haben -- five shekolim -- is the
equivalent of the twenty silver pieces that changed hands
when Yosef was sold, there being four selo'im in each
Ga'avoh and the Relative Standard
Did you ever find yourself sitting on a park bench or a bus,
minding your own business, and your thoughts suddenly began
drifting: Who is this person sitting next to me? Look at
that. He has such a small kippa. Her bangs are peeking
out of her hair covering. He/she is nowhere near as important
as I. I am far more religious and worthy than he/she.
Based on shiurim by Rabbi Dovid Siegel
This Year in Politics
Unlike many previous years, 5762 is a relatively easy year to
summarize. Although there was plenty of political activity,
it can all be summed up in six letters: Sharon. He dominated
the entire Israeli political scene throughout last year,
leaving almost no room for anyone else.
by E. Rauchberger
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